Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – Third Jumuah
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa vena cava. humby externing Elijah Medina we're back. We commenced by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala created nourish a cherishes, sustainer provider protector, cure of one and all the one in whose hands lies the absolute control of every single aspect of existence. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us every form of goodness, and may He protect us from every form of evil, complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the best of creation his entire household, all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. And may He bless every single one of us, and May He grant us the intercession
of this blessing creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala on the Day of Judgment, brothers and sisters, a beautiful Friday, one of the Juma of the month of Ramadan, I always make mention of the gift of Allah upon us, we are in the house of Allah, we are within the month of Ramadan, we are within a day known as a Friday, and at the same time, within a time of that particular day, that is perhaps the most blessed of the day. So, so many blessings. Alhamdulillah. We thank Allah and we asked him to soften our hearts to make us from those who can become better people and who can become closer to him. As the days passed, rather than people who distance themselves from their own maker as they are
getting closer to him in terms of the closeness of this, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us the day we die, and May He grant a good death to those who are on the verge of death and may kill those who are sick and Ill may grant mercy to those who have passed away. I mean, brothers and sisters, I had promised last night that we would continue with the pearls of peace. And we had made mention of something that Allah subhanho wa Taala says in Surah Al Furqan, and that is the surah that Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent down to us as a gift together with the entire Quran. And in this surah Allah subhanho wa Taala towards the end makes mention of the qualities of the worshipers
of the Most Merciful. He does not say about the law he but he says he Bardot Walkman. And you know, for your information, something very, very interesting. When our children are born, we all search for names, and we all want good names. And we all would like to say let's name them this and let's name them that Mashallah everyone is interested in giving a beautiful name. Remember, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says I have asthma Illallah Abdullah Abdul Rahman, the most loved names to Allah subhanho wa Taala are Abdullah and Abdul Rahman, because they depict the fact that the child is a slave of Allah. Once you become a slave of Allah, you do, as he says, without questioning
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So here, Allah is saying the worshipers of the Most Merciful that word on its own or that description already depicts that Allah is most merciful and already depicts that those who want to adopt the command of Allah they will achieve his mercy May Allah grant us from his mercy, they have the following qualities Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number 63, and up to the end of the surah. So I will not continue mentioning the verse numbers because they will all be verse number 63 and beyond. Allah says, Whatever don't rock man in Edina una una
The true worshipers of the Most Merciful are those who when they walk on Earth, they walk with humility and humbleness. We touched on it last night. And I'd like to repeat it to say, when we walk, we should not give this feeling to others that we are someone who is far higher than them. Some people walk with their noses stuck up in the air, some people walk, they don't greet others, they don't look at others, they don't smile at others and they do not fulfill the rights of the pathway, what is the right of the pathway to lower your gaze and to look at people and to smile at them when you are greeting them to greet them. Lower your gaze meaning from that which you're not
supposed to be looking at and greeting those whom you are supposed to be greeting with a smile to sell them Allah coolamon arasta woman you greet those whom you know, and those whom you don't know for as long as you know, this person is a Muslim in the Muslim greet them with the Islamic greeting if they are not a Muslim, it is permissible and even encouraged sometimes to at least greet them or acknowledge them in order to display to them the beauty of Islam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and may use us to spread the
dutiful deal. Do not be selfish with your religion. My brothers and sisters, remember, there are people out there who are hungry to learn about Islam, they know the wrong things about the religion, it's up to us to prove that they are wrong. You know, when people say something about you that is wrong. Over time, what happens, your character, your conduct, the way you handle things, the way you come across, will prove them wrong. In the same way, holistically, we have a difficulty with the Oh my way on the global level. People think very bad about Islam. It is a religion, according to them, of war and of blood and of really, you know, difficulty and issues and so on, we need to prove them
wrong. By being the best of people following the same Islam. That's enough. So more than going out to actually spread the word which is also important. Our character will speak volumes. Look at the business dealings of those in Far East Asia. That is what spread the deal. They were the worshipers of Allah who went on a business mission, but because their honesty was very, very manifest in their dealings, and their uprightness and their fair dealings. What happened people tend to Islam today you have a country like Indonesia with a largest Muslim population, whereas Islam was spread through the route of businessmen and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness. So Allah says,
They are the ones who when they walk on Earth, they walk with humility, humbleness, whether you're driving, whether you're walking, whether you're talking, whatever it is, make sure you come across a humble person, even if you are perhaps the wealthiest or the most good looking or perhaps the most knowledgeable or whatever else Allah has gifted you with. Remember when you are coming across to others make sure you are humble. You are just one more of the rest of people may Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us humility and humbleness and may He let that humility be assigned for our success and be a lesson for the others may Allah subhanho wa Taala use us to spread the deen. Then Allah says
what he thought about whom Allah je Luna, Paloma Salah when the foolish tried to speak to those worshipers of the Most Merciful than the worshipers of Allah, they just respond by saying Solomon that means peace. What this would mean is when people who are foolish when people who are ignorant try to talk to you when really when a fool is trying to talk to you, you know the English saying they say never argue with a fool people might not notice the difference. In Islam, they go one step higher us as Muslims, we say, with a full just give them a message of peace, love.
you all know the meaning of the term Salah when the foolish talk to you give them a message of peace, tell them Peace be upon you and then go away perhaps that would act as a do out for them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and a lot of us make a mistake. What is the mistake, we get drawn into debate and discussion that is absolutely futile coming from a source that is totally foolish. So this is why remember something do not allow yourself to get drawn into debate and discussion that is futile. It will divert you from what your your main responsibilities are towards Allah and towards those human beings around you such as your family members and the others because you are
busy with something that is taking away your happiness you perhaps cannot sleep because you're upset you angry your health deteriorates because you wasted your time talking to a group of fools May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and may He protect us remember, these words are describing a true believer of Allah. So if Allah is telling you that if you are a true believer of Allah, stay away from the foolish. Don't waste your time with people who are not genuine by talking to them unnecessarily. Yes, if it is necessary, or you are greeting and so on Alhamdulillah you need to know where to put the full stop. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that ability to ask then he continues
in the next verse, When Medina be tuned, beam Sujata.
Those who spend their nights those who spend their nights for the sake of their rub, the term Robert does not have an English equivalent. But what I said at the beginning of this talk nareesha cherishes sustain a provider and so on is all included in the term Rob, the one who created and the one who subsequently has absolute control of everything and always had that control. He's known as a boon. So Allah says those who spend their nights those who spend their nights for their rubbish for their maker in prostration. And standing up in Salah, and what we said and I'd like to repeat it my brothers and sisters, we are weak. Some of us don't even get up for Salah, which is a responsibility
which is a facade which is a sin not to get up for but at the same time. Let us say brothers and sisters, this verse should at least encourage us to get up for Salah
brothers and sisters. Nothing should stop you from getting up for your makeup, the one who gave you your life
If the one who gave you your eyes in your mind and your health and the one who gave you your sustenance, the one in whose hands lie lies absolute control of every goodness that you are searching for, how then can we find ourselves sleeping? When Allah subhanho wa Taala is calling us hi
Ah come towards success we are looking for success everywhere besides the place that we are being called to in order to achieve that success. Come and meet me and hear it often we know it by heart we hear it so beautifully you know the tunes are so easy sometimes with the advantage that we will say Mashallah, this sounds like maca. And this sounds like Medina But brother You don't read Salah at all. So what's the point of saying what it sounds like? May Allah protect us. So remember the success you need to spend the time at least for your
brothers and sisters. I am appealing to you to get up for Salah to notice the difference in your lives my brothers and sisters over and above that once in a while and I'm talking to people like us who are weak you know we don't always get up for 200 Mashallah, so once in a while, let's set our clocks not just when you have a problem, set your clock for what time four o'clock in the morning in our part of the world. And just say Allah just for you. No one knows me and you so the clock rings you turn it off. After sitting up the problem with us is the clock rings and whilst Our eyes are closed, we bang on the thing and it's off. Before you know it everyone is getting up for work and
then you said but I set my clock ha
it's too late to say I would have been laughed at the sunrises. Remember that you need to say out loud when the clock rings say oh Billahi min. Ash shaytani r Rajim get up Alhamdulillah. ohana and switch the clock off and then you know that you are up May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant some of the scientists from amongst us the ability to come up with an apparatus that has a spring at the back where you cannot sleep when the time of budget comes it just springs you up and does you may Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant that to us it's possible I think it's coming looking at the way technology is progressing. I'm sure you will have that very soon where it's just a little screen you put on
your back if you're a woman and what will happen is come time for sunlight and it comes straight up Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and grant us ease and goodness. So this is the quality of a true believer once in a while and set your clock get up to rockets of Salah see how it feels believe me that feeling will be so beautiful that you will get back to it. You know Mashallah when you have had something so beautiful and energizing There comes a time when you want to go back Hey, you know what, let's go back then. Mashallah, why it was too beautiful. I felt so good. So then you set your clock twice a week and inshallah then you can progress between you and Allah May Allah subhanho wa
Taala grant us at least the beginning at least the start Come on my brothers and sisters like I always say if it was for our favorite football match or this or that we always would get up at an odd hour because we want to know and we want to see and we want to make sure we don't miss out what about with Allah we are missing out every day and he calls out herramienta even for a to ballet hasn't been mustafina Allah is there anyone calling out to me? I can answer is there anyone seeking forgiveness I can and we are sleeping every day. Okay, if we've slipped a few days it's fine but every day Come on, get up one of the days and say Allah and they I heard about your call and I can
feel it you are allowed here I am Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us and open our doors, then it's very important for us to know that abstention from sin. Yes, we will try our best but you need protection from Stefan and so do I. Because Satan's ultimate aim is to get me cast into Hellfire with him like Allah says lamb Lana, Johanna mom in common man tabea coming home. I will fill Johanna or Hellfire with you or devil, and anyone who follows you. So shaytan wants his party to be very big, and he's trying to get us to vote for him. This is a problem. He's trying to get us to join his party. And so he comes in so many ways. It's important that you don't only rely on your own energies
in your own mind, make dua to Allah He is the one who owns your mind and your energies. So he is the one who can save you from the fire of Johanna. So the next verse, the true believers do not just rely on themselves. I'm a strong man I'm a martial I'm five years I make my five Salah in the first half. That is arrogance. You never ever think that way. A true believer always thinks he's not done enough. That's a true believer. So now what levena colonna
those who constantly make it to our O Allah keep away from us. delievered from us the the fire of hell, or the punishment of hell, for indeed it is definitely very painful. It is very severe, and it is a very bad residence and abode who wants to go to Hellfire, none of us so rely Yes, on the ability Allah has bestowed upon you. But on top of that, make sure you go
allowed to Allah because without his acceptance, nobody can abstain from being thrown or nobody can be protected from being thrown into hellfire. May Allah protect us. So if we are true believers you want peace, comfort in life. Remember how to speak remember how to walk, remember how to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And remember to stand up at night, at least sometimes for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala when something very important, a lot of people don't have peace because they overspend. I am earning 5000 rands and I spend 7000 grands a month, I can only afford a rented a house of 5000. But I'm, I've got a loan, and I'm renting a house of 10,000 foolish, very foolish. So
this is why financial budgeting and the economics of it all is part and parcel of the qualities of a true believer in you know, your pocket and the size of it. So whatever you want to buy should be cut according to the size of your pocket. Very important. Today, we follow the latest technology so I cannot afford the new s5 that just came out last night. I cannot afford it. But look at everybody looking at me. So don't worry we still sitting at is for some handle. I just wanted to catch your attention there. So to be honest with you, we cannot afford it but we follow it. I want it so I'm following it. So you save up money. And there's no food at home but you have an S for Hello, Aqua
people are doing this believe me? And you know what? you really cannot afford rental but at the same time you're going and eating out every single day. what's what's happening? Where have you budgeted? That's not a true believer. Allah says you won't have peace. We're looking for peace here. Allah has given us the ingredients of peace. One levena
Allahu Akbar, those who when they spend, they neither overspend nor are they stingy. Like we say, sometimes, you know, the man goes home, and his wife says, You know what? We need some bread. He says, No, don't be wasteful. Didn't you hear the chef today? We need some milk. Don't be wasteful. My brother, these are necessities, you must spend where you're supposed to a foolish person is me who spends where he's not supposed to and where he is supposed to. He doesn't have anything or he doesn't want to spend even if he has so foolish. So let us start budgeting. Because you need to know that when you budget correctly, you need a very happy life. When you are happy to acknowledge your
financial status, you will be far happier than a person who is eyeing out something far higher than his affordability. And at the same time he is dying of, you know this feeling in his heart that he's losing out yet Allah says that's not for you. Oh, my worship, we've kept you on a lower financial level. So be happy with the booger that you having, rather than wanting to go for coke. May Allah protect us and grant us ease and goodness, I know the people of Cape Town will probably know what I'm saying. May Allah grant us ease. I tasted it some time back and really enjoyed it and I thought something worth mentioning.
My brothers and sisters so when we are spending Are we ready inshallah to make a promise to ourselves that we will spend according to the size of our pocket and keep some for a rainy day. That is something that is the quality of a true believer and remember something when we are spending do not only spend on what you would like to spend upon spend on that which Allah has ordained.
Allah asks you look, I've given you 100,000 grants, all you got to do is two and a half 1000 just give it to the poor people out there. And we say but you know what, that's quite a big figure, man Come on, can we not slip some of the zeros of they? That's not fair. Remember to be generous Monica sama lumen sada nobody has ever depleted because they were charitable, never ever. So be charitable. Allah says, we'll give you more. You know, it's common sense, Allah is the Greatest, the example I'm about to give you is something just to bring it closer to our minds, you know, when you have a little child, and if you give him five rounds, and then he comes back to you, and he says, You know
what, uncle, I've got a 50 round note here you have this. Those who are wealthy and they are touched by this gesture will probably take out 500 grands and say, take it. It's like a joke that someone sent me on WhatsApp. And it was very interesting because there was a bigger that came out big and you say no, who's going to give for the sake of Allah who's going to give for the sake of Allah. So one man came out and said, right, take $2 so an old man came, he said, How much did he give you? Once the other guy was watching? So he said, $2 He said, I take five. That man said what you think I can't do? Five? He said you take 10 so then he looks at me says no, take 20 until they got to the
$100 bill. So the old man, the second man, he comes. He says this guy gave you 50 take 100 so then that man says well, you know he looks at his pocket. And the bigger looks at me says Don't worry, you are the most generous person I've ever seen. And he looks at the old man says that Let's go home. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala gratis goodness may open our doors. This is happening.
in society where we spend in order to show off some time so we get net, rather spend for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Like I was saying, when you are generous, a generous person will want to give you more Do you know Allah is the most generous.
The examples we give can never ever match the generosity of Allah. So give out and you will find Baraka and blessings, maybe not in cash, but in something that is priceless in your life. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us softness in our hearts, many makers reach out to one another in whatever way possible. So brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala then says, three qualities that are made mention of in this verse number 61, leadin, Allah, Allah,
those who do not associate partners with Allah, they do not call out to anything or anyone besides Allah subhanho wa Taala, which means they do not render an act of worship to anyone besides Allah. number one. Number two is those who do not commit murder. So they don't kill others. They do not commit murder, and those who do not commit adultery, these three are mentioned together. Adultery is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of in this particular verse, and immediately after that, because there are people sometimes who might falter and there are people sometimes who might make mistakes, so that you and I do not lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Look, these qualities
have paused for a moment. Allah pauses at that point, and he diverts to a new topic, and then he comes back to the topic. So what is the pause for Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
For those who have these three qualities or for those who want to engage in these three things, as severe punishment is prepared for them.
Then he says, In
the exception is made of he or she who repents to Allah and does good deeds thereafter. For such people, Allah will convert their bad deeds into good deeds on the right side of the scale, in order for those bad deeds to be converted and come handy on the piano as good deeds.
So when we engage in repentance, what will happen, the bad deeds we've done in the past, unconditioned, that we do good deeds, thereafter, they will be converted into good deeds.
This is the mercy of Allah. Like I say, you owe someone $100,000, for example, and you tell him, Look, you know what, I'm sorry. He tells you don't worry, he has another 100,000 can they do that? Nobody will do that. If you know him, please, at least tell me who he is. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala does benefit from one another. But Allah is much more merciful. Allah says you did bad on your life The day you repented To me, the day you tend to me and you change your life, all the evil you did in the past, I'm not just going to delete it. I want to give you something far beyond the weight of the bad you did. We've actually now converted it into good for you.
So you come on the day of piano and you've seen so many good deeds and you don't know my brothers and sisters, can they be any blessing moment more than the one we are in right now to turn to Allah let's make a resolve in our hearts Yala. The bad I've done in my life gone behind my back today. Now here I change it for your sake Allah no more bad and evil convert the bad that was done in the past into good familia Allah so that when I come on the Day of Judgment, I say is faith through by your mercy? May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and May He grant us from his mercy. So Allah subhanho wa Taala, after having made mention of the issue of Toba, you see he made mention of the punishment and
he made mention of the people who engage in these three sins I just made mention of and he paused for a moment or he changed the topic to talk about.
This would also mean that one of the qualities of a true believer is that he or she constantly engages in Toba constantly, one of the best things you could do for yourself is to repent and to repeat the repentance more than 100 times a day. It's assumed that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam perfect he did not need to repent he did nothing that would require repentance but every day up to 100 times used to say Oh ALLAH forgive me imagine Allah forgive me without us a week goes by I don't know man goes by we barely said yeah Allah forgive me even once. I mean we have we just say stuff. Without even knowing what it says. I always say if you hear clearly what you say if you were
you know what he did you know what you end up saying stuck for life.
Now Allah protect us Really?
Yes, that's what we so then we are stuck for life because we don't know we paying lip service to a huge act of worship known as St. Lucia. It is seeking forgiveness.
Allah How can you pay lip service to seeking forgiveness to Allah subhanho wa Taala May he not catch us in his court rather may He forgive us and grant us mercy may grant us the intercession of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
so Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of a few more brilliant points. Obviously the entire forum is full of brilliant points. We are just raising a few you want peace Allah says when leadin Allah Sharona zoo, our era Mahmoud Bonilla buki Rama, those who do not bear false witness, and they don't waste their time with falsehood and at the same time, whenever there is anything few time, waste of time, they stay away from it.
If something is a waste of time, and you have a quality of staying away from it, you will be at much more peace both in the dunya and the afra then a person who loves that which is a waste of time, few times you neither gained anything nor did you really perhaps lose anything but what you didn't lose is your precious time you could have utilized that in something beneficial imagine you have a business and this is a typical example you have a thriving business in the middle of Cape Town and come up the peak for example month end during the end of the year all the shops are open everyone's doing business and you decide you know what, let me close it by closing it united are going to make
a profit nor a loss but you losing out on business that is the peak Subhanallah so what happens to us we have time and the time for example in Ramadan we busy sitting with computer games, and we sit with these computer games whole day others are reading Quran and they are getting it 700 fold reward for that others are getting our charities reaching out to the poor where we were playing computer games Hey, did you check the new game on tangle man? A lot of luck but it's a reality. That's what's happening May Allah protect us. I see very few people know about it. That's a good sign Mashallah my brothers and sisters technology can drive you away from Allah if you don't know how to use it.
Technology can really send you into the trap of the devil if you don't know how to use it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the best use of technology so that we can benefit one another rather than result in the destruction of one another. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, something that I need and you need, well levena
those whom true believers, true worshipers of Allah, those whom when they are reminded of Allah, they are reminded of something, you know, Brother, you are wrong, you know, Brother, you are right, or you know, brother, this is what should happen. This is what you should not do my sister, when they are reminded of something, they do not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to it, but they take it and they change themselves.
How many of us would like to achieve peace? Well, when you're reminded of goodness and abstention from bad, then we better feel good about it and say Allah, I take it and I'm going to change. That is the true quality of a believer. Allahu Akbar, we want peace, we will feel it immediately. Do you know when the person is involved in sin? The minute they decide, or they declare that I don't want to do this anymore? They have some soothing feeling in their hearts because it's a sign of belief in the man. May Allah subhanho wa Taala soothe our hearts. May he keep us contented full of peace. So remember one thing whenever we are reminded, don't feel bad. Today people are reminded Brother, why
don't you read Salah correctly? Hey, who do you think you are? I'll teach you how to read. These are statements people say out of arrogance, don't you say just like Allah. Hey, thank you very much for correcting me. I really appreciate it. And that's how a man should be. Have Goodwill's has the most beautiful words. For all we would no that person is teaching us to get closer to Allah and we're getting upset. Allahu Akbar. Imagine Allah sent a gift to us in the form of someone to remind us so that we get closer to Allah, if you tell him go to hell, Allahu Akbar, who will end up going to hell. It's as if we do that Allah protect us from this type of behavior. So at the end, Allah
subhanho wa Taala makes mention of one powerful one. What is the job? All of us are affected by the choice we make for a spouse. You make the wrong decision for marriage, you may be doomed luck. But you know, they say I was a free man till I got married was jailed for life. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those who say that really? We should be from amongst those who say I got married and I'm the happiest person Alhamdulillah I've got children and now they're grown up and I'm the happiest still. So like we say do not rely on your intellect sometimes you might think I want to marry this person you know, Mashallah. Mashallah, I want to marry this person for whatever reason,
and Allah keeps it away from you, because Allah knows it's not good for you. And you think no ways I'm depressed because I can't marry them. And Allah says, but we're doing a favor for you. Sometimes people are allowed to taste a little bit of it. 30 days later divorce. That's if you lucky. Some of them three days later, Allah protect us. Well, ah, it's the it's the order of the day. It's the crisis that all parents are facing at the moment where children are coming up with some weird ideas sometimes and you tell them no, they are.
on antidepressants Have you heard of something called Prozac? I'm sure you have. Allah protect us really. It is missing our minds of only because we cannot surrender to the decree of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah so Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us when ladina toluna the true believers are the ones who constantly say robina Habana, Allah bestow us grant us or bestow upon us with, with what mean as lagina
with wives or spouses, as well as children, who will be the means of the coolness of our eyes young repeat the robina
Tina, Emma and make us the leaders of the righteous.
And Allah ends these verses beautifully by saying hula una
una una vida de Masato. Those are the people who will be granted. A special horrify a special abode a special high ranked in paradise because of their endurance because they endured and Allah says, while you will not count
they will be greeted during they will be received there in with greetings of peace Subhana Allah look at such feast. All these verses we mentioned today are indeed the source of peace in the dunya as well as the archaea. Allah says such people will dwell in the heavens forever and ever. They will never regret their endurance, their sub they abstention from haram and they're fighting their knifes in order to obey the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May He make us from those who have inner and outer peace both in the dunya as well as in the ashira May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a good ending to this beautiful month of Ramadan with total and absolute forgiveness. May He make
us from those who change our lives until we meet again inshallah we say what's on Allahu wa Salaam albaraka Alana Vina Mohammed